Campbell women win first-ever Briar’s Creek Invitational title

From Campbell University Athletics
Posted 3/17/22

Campbell women’s golf claimed top team honors at the Briar’s Creek Invitational this week.

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Campbell women win first-ever Briar’s Creek Invitational title

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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. — With four players among the top 15 individuals, Campbell women’s golf claimed top team honors at the Briar’s Creek Invitational after Tuesday’s final round at the Golf Club at Briar’s Creek.

In a field that included four teams ranked in the nation’s top 30 and 15 in the top 100, No. 47 Campbell finished a total score of 853 and was 11-under par, 11 strokes better than runner-up, and 11th-ranked, Michigan.

The defending Big South Conference champions finished ahead of 11 schools representing Power 5 leagues.

Emily Hawkins tied for second overall, shooting a 212. Sanna Lundmark finished fifth with a 214, Anna Nordfors tied for sixth and Patricia Garre Munoz tied for 15th as the Lady Camels won their fourth tournament in seven starts this season.

Tomita Arejola also finished in a tie for 34th for a Campbell team that led the field in par-5 scoring, at 12-under, and birdies (53).

The win was the 94th for head coach John Crooks, who is in his 31st season in charge of the Campbell women. Only Dan Brooks of Duke has amassed more tournament wins among NCAA Division I women’s coaches.

Hawkins produced her seventh top-10 finish – and fourth straight top five – in as many outings this season. She has played par, or better, golf in 16 of 21 rounds.  A senior, Hawkins tied for second in the 96-golfer field with 13 birdies, and tied for third in par-3 and par-4 scoring.

A sophomore, Lundmark matched her collegiate low with a final-round, 3-under-par 69 while posting her best collegiate finish. She made 10 birdies over 54 holes and tied for third in par-5 scoring.

Nordfors earned her fifth top-10 finish this season after leading the event with 14 birdies and playing the par-5 holes at 6-under. Garre Munoz made nine birdies while earning her best individual finish of the season.

Nathalie Irlbacher of Boston College won individual honors with a final score of 211.  Michigan’s Ashley Lau and Emma Schimpf of the College of Charleston joined Hawkins at 4-under for the event.

Twice a runner-up previously at Briar’s Creek (2017, 2018), Campbell won the event for the first time. CU’s 54-hole total of 853 strokes is third-best in tournament history. In school records, Campbell posted the fifth-lowest three-round score in the program’s history.

The Lady Camels return to action March 27-28 in the Babs Steffens Invitational hosted by Stetson University at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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